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Martha Vickers in 1947
May 28, 1925
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||November 2, 1971 (aged 46)|
|Cause of death||esophageal cancer|
|Resting place||Valhalla Memorial Park|
A. C. Lyles
(m. 1948; div. 1948)
(m. 1949; div. 1951)
(m. 1954; div. 1965)
Martha Vickers (born Martha MacVicar, May 28, 1925 – November 2, 1971) was an American model and actress.
Born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Martha Vickers began her career as a model and cover girl. Her father was an automobile dealer, and the family moved to Hollywood when he assumed control of an agency in Burbank, California. Vickers was 15 at that time.
She played minor roles in several films during the early 1940s, working first at Universal Studios and then at RKO Pictures. She next went to Warner Bros., where "they gave her the star push, rearranging her surname to 'Vickers.'" Her work there included the role of Carmen Sternwood, the promiscuous, drug-addicted younger sister of Lauren Bacall's character in The Big Sleep (1946). She also starred in a musical, The Time, the Place and the Girl, followed by two Warner Bros. comedies, Love and Learn and That Way with Women (both 1947).
During the 1950s, however, Vickers' film career stalled.[specify] She continued to act in television. One such appearance was in the 1959 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Jaded Joker," in which she played Sheila Hayes. Her final two performances, in 1960, were on The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.
Vickers was married three times; to A. C. Lyles (March 15, 1948 – September 28, 1948), Mickey Rooney (June 3, 1949 – September 25, 1951) and actor Manuel Rojas (September 1, 1954 – May 5, 1965). Each marriage ended in divorce. Vickers had one son with Mickey Rooney, and two daughters with Rojas.
Vickers, 46, died of esophageal cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, in Los Angeles, California, on November 2, 1971. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.
|1943||Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man||Margareta||Uncredited|
|Captive Wild Woman||Dorothy Colman||Credited as Martha MacVicar|
|Top Man||High school girl||Uncredited|
Alternative title: Man of the Family
|1944||This Is the Life||Girl||Uncredited|
|Marine Raiders||Sally Parker||Credited as Martha MacVicar|
|The Mummy's Ghost||Miss McLean, a student||Uncredited|
|The Falcon in Mexico||Barbara Wade||Credited as Martha MacVicar|
|1946||The Big Sleep||Carmen Sternwood|
|The Time, the Place and the Girl||Victoria Cassel|
|1947||The Man I Love||Virginia "Ginny" Brown|
|That Way with Women||Marcia Alden|
|Love and Learn||Barbara Wyngate|
|1949||Daughter of the West||Lolita Moreno|
|Bad Boy||Lila Strawn||Alternative title: The Story of Danny Lester|
|Alimony||Kitty Travers aka Kate Klinger|
|1955||The Big Bluff||Valerie Bancroft||Alternative title: Worthy Detectives|
|1960||Four Fast Guns||Mary Hoag|
|1952||The Unexpected||1 episode|
|1953-1951||General Electric Theater||Louise
|1954||Ford Theatre||Nancy||2 episodes|
|The Whistler||Louise||1 episode|
|1955||Fireside Theater||Ellen Weston
|1956||The Millionaire||Ruth Murdock||1 episode|
|1957||Playhouse 90||1 episode|
|1959||Perry Mason||Sheila Hayes||1 episode|
|1960||The Rebel||Bess Weed
(final television appearance)
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